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After a couple decades of developing my own black & white negatives at home, the time has come to make the big jump into colour!
Like many, I’d heard lots of reasons for why not — too difficult, too expensive, too picky, exacting temperature control requirements, and short-lived chemistry. Lately though, I found some articles online that helped to disspell some of these myths.
Finally, looking at the pics I took a couple weeks ago, I realized that it was time to make the jump to colour. Canada Day was the perfect opportunity to shoot some colour, and today I had my first go at processing it.
For my first attempt at processing colour film, I’m fairly pleased. The first image above was using 10-year-expired AgfaColour Pro film, but the rest were on a new roll of Kodak (Professional) Portra 400VC. The VC stands for Vivid Colour and I am quite pleased with the results.
The camera was, um…. well… a Lomo LC-A+. Yeah I know, I know. There’ll be a whole post about that in the future. Honest.
Anyways, I’ve got a couple medium-format rolls lined up for some colour chemistry, and I’m still shooting colour with 35mm as well. So there’ll be more colourful goodness coming in the next couple weeks.
One of the neighborhood squirrels came to the BBQ on Canada Day. This is Chippy, he was incredibly brave, coming within a few feet of us all to get at the chips and other goodies.
No activity here means lots of stuff going on elsewhere. Wednesday was Canada Day (happy Canada Day everyone!) and of course it was a holiday, but the other weekdays weren’t – so two days of work, one day off, two more days of work. Not so bad right? Except that I was having my annual Canada Day BBQ on Wednesday, so I had to get everything ready for that, then Thursday was month-end at work so there was no time to kick back and relax / recover, it was up and off to work first thing Thursday morning.
Anyhow, the BBQ seemed to go well, lots of fun and food and all that. And the weather cooperated. I won’t divulge my secrets, but we had a few sprinkles of rain at the very start, and a few at the very end, but it was dry through the whole afternoon and early evening of fun… while everywhere else in town (and outside town) had rain on and off throughout the day.
So, all in all, another successful Canada Day bbq. But a long, tiring week.